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Lydian Coinage

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Lydia, or modern-day Turkey, is where the concept of coinage originated. The most famous of all Lydian coinage was the lion and bull coinage of King Croesus, who is known to have created the first bimetallic currency using gold and silver coinage nearly 2,600 years ago. Lydian coinage typically comes struck from electrum (a mixture of gold & silver), gold, or silver. 
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  • Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 5x3

    Listed as #9 out of the 100 Greatest Ancient coins, this Half Silver Stater of King Croesus is without question the first silver coinage ever issued in human history! Struck nearly 2,600 years ago, the obverse depicts the lion and bull design, representing strength and virility. The reverse shows a double-incuse punch that occurred when the coin was struck so long ago. We believe these items are extremely undervalued at current price levels. Their rarity, beauty, and historic significance cannot be overstated. Learn More
    $2,380.00

  • Lydia Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Extremely Fine Star

    Struck nearly 2,600 years ago, these are widely known to be the first silver coins issued as currency in the history of mankind. Struck by King Croesus of Lydia, or modern-day Turkey, the coin depicts the Lion and Bull design, representing strength and virility. This example is very high end for the grade with complete originality. These coins are far rarer than their price may imply. . Learn More
    $2,720.00

  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Choice Extremely Fine 5x3

    The first silver coin ever struck in human history nearly 2,600 years ago, this stunning full silver stater is one of the finest we've encountered. Issued in Lydia, or modern-day Turkey, it depicts the lion and bull design on the front, symbolizing strength and virility. Worn, unattractive examples trade for $5-$6,000 minimum, so we believe the premium on this high-end example is totally justifiable. Great coin for the money and without a doubt, museum quality in all regards. Learn More

    Regular Price: $9,044.00

    Special Price $8,895.00

  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Choice Very Fine Star 5x5

    Flashy example of the first silver coin ever struck in human history around 560 B.C.! The Lydian King Croesus was the first to issue both gold and silver coinage in different sizes reflecting different values. The obverse design employs a lion and bull facing each other, thought to represent strength and virility. The reverse of the coin has a double-incuse punch. The stater is the largest size of the coins issued under Croesus and given the fact these are nearly 2,600 years old, this coin has remarkable eye appeal for the assigned grade. Excellent coin and highly recommended! Learn More

    Regular Price: $8,092.00

    Special Price $7,890.00

  • Lydia Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Very Fine 5x5

    Lydia, Croesus, Silver 1/2 Stater, NGC, Very Fine, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5 Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,768.00

    Special Price $1,650.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 5x4

    Listed as #9 out of the 100 Greatest Ancient coins, this Half Silver Stater of King Croesus is first silver coinage ever issued in human history. Struck nearly 2,600 years ago by King Croesus of Lydia, the obverse depicts the lion and bull design, representing strength and virility. The reverse shows a double-incuse punch. Excellent coin for the price and very nice for the grade, with all detail fully evident. Learn More
    $2,484.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Very Fine

    This amazing, 2,600 year-old silver coin was struck by King Croesus of Lydia and is known to be the first silver coin ever issued in human history. This example is completely original and depicts the lion and bull design on the obverse with a double incuse punch on the reverse. The lion is thought to represent strength and the bull is supposed to mean fertility. This is a great coin for the price and the second largest of the six silver staters issued by Croesus. Sizes range from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More

    Regular Price: $1,904.00

    Special Price $1,650.00

  • Croesus Silver Full Stater NGC Very Fine 5x3

    This Lydian full silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C and has been preserved nicely over the past 2,600 years. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result, particularly the largest denomination of the series, the full stater. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. This particular example has a lot of flash and luster--many survivors have been heavily corroded and worn over the years. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More
    $6,900.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/12 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 5x3

    This Lydian 1/12th silver stater was issued by King Croesus sometime around 560 B.C. It is known to be the first true silver coinage ever issued and is very desirable as a result. The obverse shows an image of a lion and bull, representing strength and fertility. The reverse employs a double-incuse punch that happened when the coin was struck so long ago. The silver staters of Croesus were issued in six different sizes ranging from a full stater down to a tiny 1/24th stater. Learn More
    $1,972.00

  • Croesus Silver 1/2 Stater NGC Choice Very Fine 4x4

    Listed as #9 out of the 100 Greatest Ancient coins, this Half Silver Stater of King Croesus is first silver coinage ever issued in human history. Struck nearly 2,600 years ago by King Croesus of Lydia, the obverse depicts the lion and bull design, representing strength and virility. The reverse shows a double-incuse punch. Excellent coin for the price and very nice for the grade, with all detail fully evident. Learn More
    $2,040.00

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